Manchester City VS Manchester United LIVE Match Score 2 Oct 2022
Two bitter rivals with a taste for victories lock horns in Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, as Manchester City play host to Manchester United. The Red Devils have not been in Premier League action since getting the better of Arsenal 3-1 on September 4, while Pep Guardiola’s side ran out 3-0 winners over Wolverhampton Wanderers before the international break.Another day, another goal for Erling Braut Haaland. Now sitting on a remarkable 11 for the Premier League season, the 22-year-old scored his side’s second in a comprehensive 3-0 win over Wolves following Jack Grealish’s opener 55 seconds into the contest.
Any hopes of Wolves staging a remarkable comeback were dashed when Nathan Collins received a straight red card for an inexcusably high challenge on Grealish, and a 69th-minute strike from Phil Foden completed the job for the reigning champions. Pep Guardiola’s side had briefly returned to the top of the pile with that 3-0 success, but Arsenal’s subsequent win by the same scoreline over Brentford meant that the champions went into the international break in second place – one point adrift of the North London club.
At least one of Arsenal or third-placed Tottenham Hotspur will drop points in Saturday lunchtime’s North London derby, which could potentially open the door for Man City to reclaim their rightful spot at the top of the pile with a 10th successive home win in all competitions. It comes as little surprise to learn that Man City are the Premier League’s leading scorers on home turf this season – racking up 14 in just three such games and conceding a joint-low two – and all seven of their last top-flight wins at home have been accompanied by at least three goals.
The reigning champions could hardly be better prepared for this contest, but nor could Man United, who would have been disappointed to see the international break come around when it did as they seek to maintain their rich vein of form. The death and state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II means that the Red Devils will be taking part in their first Premier League fixture for nearly a month this weekend, having lost to Real Sociedad and overcome Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League since that 3-1 success over Arsenal.
Having overseen a dramatic upturn in fortunes at Old Trafford with four consecutive top-flight wins, Erik ten Hag was handed the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award for September after leading his side to fifth in the table – five points adrift of Man City with a game in hand.
A run of three successive away wins, with three clean sheets to boot, represents a potential recipe for success for Ten Hag at the Etihad, but no man since Sir Alex Ferguson has been able to steer the Red Devils to victory in their first Manchester derby in charge of the club.
Man City did the double over Man United by an aggregate scoreline of 6-1 in the 2021-22 season – inflicting a heavy 4-1 defeat upon their rivals at the Etihad back in March – but no fixture in the Premier League has seen the away side win on more occasions, 21 to be exact.Man City will expect to be boosted by the long-awaited return of Aymeric Laporte from a knee injury for the Manchester derby, and the centre-back’s comeback will be timely after John Stones went off with a tight hamstring in England’s draw with Germany.
Laporte will most likely have to settle for minutes as a substitute given his lengthy layoff, as Manuel Akanji and Ruben Dias continue in the heart of the backline, and Guardiola will be without Kalvin Phillips for a number of weeks due to shoulder surgery. Kyle Walker’s return to fitness means that Guardiola is covered at right-back in the absence of Stones, while Haaland could become the first player ever to score a hat-trick in three successive Premier League home matches this weekend.
Over at Old Trafford, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have made strong progress in their recoveries from injury and have been training with the squad this week, which could see both strikers return for the derby. Rashford is sure to start up top over Cristiano Ronaldo if he is fit enough, although the Portuguese will be considered for a place if the Englishman’s recovery still leaves something to be desired.
Harry Maguire endured a torrid time with England, which culminated in him returning to Man United with a tight hamstring, but Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez were always expected to pair up at the back. Martin Dubravka, Donny van de Beek, Brandon Williams and Aaron Wan-Bissaka represent another wealth of injury concerns for Man United, and Ten Hag is facing another selection dilemma with Casemiro and Scott McTominay, with the former pushing hard for a start here.
Manchester City defender John Stones is unavailable after he was forced off for England with a hamstring issue. Fellow centre-back Aymeric Laporte has returned to training but this game is expected to come too soon for him. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire misses out with a hamstring injury sustained on international duty. Manager Erik ten Hag will make a late call on Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, both of whom have resumed training.
Manchester City could win three consecutive league games against United for the first time since a run of four between April 2013 and November 2014. United are in danger of suffering their 18th Premier League loss against City – it would equal their highest number of defeats against a specific opponent (matching their totals against Liverpool and Chelsea).
This Premier League fixture has been won 21 times by the respective away side – no other match has produced more victories for the away team.
Manchester City could win eight consecutive top-flight home games whilst scoring at least three times in each victory – a feat last achieved by Tottenham in 1965. City have scored 10 first-half goals and 13 second-half goals in the Premier League this season – Manchester United have eight in total. Erling Haaland has netted 100 goals in 99 club appearances in all competitions, including 12 goals in seven games for City. He has scored from each of his last six Premier League shots on target at the Etihad.
Manchester United could become the fourth team in English top-flight history to lose their opening two games then win their next five, emulating Sheffield United (1931), West Bromwich Albion (1954) and Arsenal (2018).
United last won five consecutive league matches in April 2021 under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.